Hope in Suffering Part 1
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Purpose: There are three truths we need to know in order that we might not be crushed during suffering in our lives so that we would have hope in our suffering.
- We need to know that we all will face tribulations (v.3a)
- We need to know that God is working within us (v.3b-4)
- We need to know that God loves us greatly (v.5)
Let us begin with the first point: